Reasons for War


Preparing for War







Lisa Hoffman, from Scripps Howard News Service, prepared a timeline of the history between the United States and Iraq. According to the timeline, in 1979, Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq. After invading Kuwait, the Persian Gulf War began with the United States in 1991. Operation Desert Storm allowed the U.S. forces to liberate Kuwait. Iraq agreed to ceasefire and end production of mass destruction. However, not only did Iraq not end production of mass destruction, but refused to allow the United Nations weapons inspectors on military sites. After years of conflict, on March 19, 2003, President Bush addressed the nation stating the liberation of the people of Iraq had begun. This was the beginning of the War with Iraq.

U.S. Army soldiers search buildings south of Baghdad

People have different reasoning behind the War with Iraq.

Jay Bookman, the deputy editorial page editor of The Atlanta Journal – Constitution, said, “This war, should it come, is intended to mark the official emergence of the United States as a full - fledged global empire, seizing sole responsibility and authority as planetary policeman.”

Bookman said the United States will eventually have “permanent” military bases in Iraq. He referred to a worldwide “Pax Americana,” or American peace. Bookman said if we follow through with Pax Americana, and decide to “seize empire,” the United States should decide as a democracy.

According to President Bush’s Address to the Nation, he had “urged the nations of the world to unite and bring an end to this danger.” Bush said he wanted to resolve the issue peacefully.

After no nation could claim of disarmament in Iraq, he commanded Saddam Hussein and his sons to leave Iraq within 48 hours. Not only did President Bush address the Americans, but he addressed the Iraqis. He warned the Iraqi military of consequences of fighting. Also, he told the Iraqis that his intentions are against the rulers, not the innocent people.

President Bush said, “The day of your liberation is near.”

According to a transcript by the Federal Document Clearing House Inc., Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met at the Pentagon on April 10 to discuss the War with Iraq.

The transcript stated that Sec. Rumsfeld explained his happiness for the Iraqi people. He said the fighting is not over because much lies ahead for the troops. Rumsfeld said America still must account for Saddam Hussein, his sons and the senior Iraqi leadership. Also, Rumsfeld wants to ensure that the American prisoners of war, as well as the POWs of the other nations, return home safely.

The topics of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, oil fields and terrorists were also important to Rumsfeld.

He said, "We will not stop until Saddam Hussein's regime has been removed from every corner of that country."

Rumsfeld said that although Iraqi regime people are moving out of Iraq, the other countries are still able to send materials into the country. So, he is afraid of weapons of mass destruction and other materials moving back into the country.

The transcript then stated that Gen. Myers spoke of the "great strides" made by the troops. He was concerned with fighting inside the capital of Iraq. Myers explained the possibility of "pockets of resistance," and that the troops must not become "overconfident" about overcoming Iraq.

When asked about U.S. intentions Gen. Myers said, "I think the thing that the folks ought to notice out in the region, that it was the United States and our coalition partners who wanted to put our blood and treasure on the line for a couple of large Muslim populations: one in Afghanistan, and now in Iraq. Objectives in the places a little bit different, initially, but the end objective never in doubt. And that is provide an environment for security and stability, a chance for self-governance, a better future for themselves and their families than they've ever had before. I hope that was noticed, because it was our blood and treasure that we put on the line to do this, and as the secretary said, with no desire to be there one moment longer than required to give them that kind of future."